Think-Alouds

Think-Aloud Reading Strategy

 

“We think” Statements:

“We think . . .”

  • this selection is about . . . (predicting).
  • this selection is like . . . (comparing).
  • this selection reminds us of. . . (connecting to what they already know).
  • this selection is sad, happy (emotions) because . . . (commenting, evaluating).

 

Previewing Text:

“The title/author/pictures/captions/book design makes me think of . . .”

 “The Title makes me think that this is going to be about a ____ .”

“The comments on the back cover lead me to believe that . . .”

“The photographs/headings/subheadings make me think that . . .”

 

Make a prediction:

“I’m guessing that _____will happen next.”

“I bet that . . .”

 “I wonder if . . .”

“I imagine the author believes . . .”

“This reminds me of . . .”

“This could help me with . . .”

 “Since this happened _____, then, I bet the next thing that is going to happen is . . .”

“This is like . . .”

 

Clarify something/monitor comprehension:

“This is (not) making sense because . . .”

“This connects (or doesn’t) to what I already know/already read because . . .”

“Now I understand ________.”

“This makes sense now because . . .”

“No, I think it means. . . .”

“This part is really saying . . .”

“At first I thought ____, but now, I think . . .”

 

Make a connection:

“This reminds me of . . .”

“This part is like . . .”

 “This character _____ is like _____ because . . .”

“This is similar to . . .”

“I also (name something in the text that has also happened personally to student).”

“This character makes me think of . . .”

“The setting reminds me of . . .”

 “This is helping me with/to think about . . .”

 

Make a comment:

“This is good because . . .”

 “This is hard because . . .”

“This is confusing . . .”

“I like the part where . . .”

“I don’t like this part because . . .”

“My favorite part (so far) is . . .”

“I think that . . .”

“I imagine . . .I see . . .”

 

Use fix-up strategies to address confusion and repair comprehension:

“Maybe I better . . .”

 “Something I could do is . . .”

“Since I don’t understand this word a good strategy would be to . . .”

 “I need to revise my thinking by ____.”

“What I thought this was about no longer makes sense to me because _____.